I have an unequal relationship with Netflix. I remember when I opened my account over ten years ago; I had just graduated from high school and was blown away by how many movies and TV shows were just waiting for me to air. After the dust settled a few years later, I started building my personal film collection.
When I started dating my wife, she was working at the now closed Hastings in Richland. I was going to visit her while she was working in the cafe and browsing the movies. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved finding movies. I can’t describe how I feel when I go looking for something obscure and actually find it. It just makes me feel warm inside. It’s just something you can’t replicate with streaming apps. Netflix always seems to have something I’d like but not who I am looking for. To complicate matters further, there are far too many streaming services and that negates the revolutionary concept that Netflix has put on the table: having everything in one place. Worse still, the constant changing of streaming rights. A movie may be in your queue and disappear before you can watch it.
Although not directly responsible, Netflix helped end something I love. The video rental store. Of course, you can still find some from time to time here and there. I walked into one this summer in Seaside, Oregon and it was great fun. But it’s special and not the norm. Whenever I visit a nature video store, I take my time and enjoy everything.
Blockbuster Video was the biggest name in home video rental, an empire spanning decades. It all came crashing down during the Great Recession and when Blockbuster refuse a possible purchase of Netflix, their fate was sealed. Now there remains a Blockbuster video and it is located in Bend, Oregon. This one Blockbuster sees people traveling all over the country to get a taste of yesterday and caused such a stir, a documentary was made about it with actors you probably know. Take a look at what it’s like to be the latest Blockbuster in Bend.
I haven’t visited yet but it’s been on my bucket list for a long time. Here’s to you, Bend Blockbuster. Glad you are here.
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